November is Native American Heritage Month, and this year a friend asked me if I would join her in reading indigenous authors to celebrate. I readily agreed, and my to-read list for the month grew much too big too quickly. I don't think that I will be able to read all of the works listed below throughout November, but I am going to try my best. There is so much to explore, and I know that anything I don't finish this month, I will still plan on reading at some point, and my list will keep on growing. If you are wondering what to read next and would like to support indigenous authors, here are some of my top choices that I can't wait to delve into.
Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers by Jake Skeets
I would like to read more poetry, and after a couple friends read this book this summer and recommended it, I added it to the top of my small pile of poetry to be read.
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
It's been awhile since I read a young adult novel, and pretty much every Rick Riordan Presents book has been added to my reading list. I love learning about the myths and legends from around the world, and I love YA, so Race to the Sun seemed like a perfect fit for me.
Strangelands by Darcie Little Badger, Magdalene Visaggio, and Guillermo Sanna
Comics are not something I read a lot of, but I started Saga this summer and realized it's a form that I could really see myself reading more of. In my quest to find indigenous authors, I was looking for a wide variety, and when I came across Strangelands, it sounded like something that might interest me and gave me an excuse to try to read another comic. Bonus for me: the first six volumes are available digitally from my library.
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
A friend mentioned they were going to read this and after reading the synopsis (and seeing the GORGEOUS book cover), I told them I would join them in reading it. I haven't read a fantasy novel in awhile and I'm excited for Black Sun to bring me back into the genre. A couple other friends are going to read it this month too, so it is a future buddy read of mine.
There There by Tommy Orange
I've had There There on my to read pile for about a year now. I started it in February and then became sidetracked. I'm determined to finally read it this November. I've read the prologue two times and will read it again for a third time. I think it is something that every American should read at some point.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
I've never read Louise Erdrich, and while perusing her titles, I thought they all sounded good. It was hard to settle on one to try out for this book challenge, but I finally decided on The Round House. If I like it (or even if I don't) I think I'm going to try Antelope Woman next.
Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen
Carry is a new memoir that came out in 2020. I think this will be a difficult read as memoirs go, but it sounded like an important book to read and very relevant.
New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl
There are a couple short stories in New Suns written by indigenous authors, which I hope to tackle this November, and I will finish the rest of the stories soon after.